Good morning St. Paul family,
I write to you again in the midst of our world-wide health crisis. Each of us is well aware of the unending changes we meet each day. As a family of God this is our call to compassion, mercy and love. This is why we go to church. Since the day each of us was brought to the waters of baptism, this is what we’ve been preparing for. How we respond to a crisis such as this will speak volumes to the world about our God and who we are as His people.
I want you to know that I have been in constant communication with our area clergy, the Erie County Health Department and our synodical representatives. Last evening upon arriving home I was met with the following message from our NWOS Bishop Daniel Beaudoin;
“While I do not have the authority to compel, I am strongly suggesting that parishes suspend their in-person worship services.”
After further conversation with St. Paul’s Executive Council and President, Larry Riedy, and the leadership at Zion Lutheran Church, Huron we will heed our bishop’s advice. ALL in-person worship services and activities have been suspended. We do this to protect one another, especially the most vulnerable.
In light of this news, please hear the following; do NOT panic (God hasn’t gone anywhere), this is an amazing opportunity to pray. I share with you my regular meditation and prayer practices. Turn your radio to 97.7 or 103.3. Each offers great Christian music and talk radio throughout the day. Also Klove.com offers online listening since we do not have access to their station in this area. Positive music and conversation can go a long way, especially in times like these. If you are a bit tech savvy, consider adding the “Bible App” or “Pray as You Go” to your mobile device. Better yet, dust off your Bible and read God’s Holy Word, holding those mighty stories of love in your hand. Again, these are additional opportunities to draw close to the ONE who knows everything we are going through and remember God isn’t going anywhere!
Lastly, Pastor Kris, from Zion, and I are working tirelessly to bring some sort of worship/devotions to you on Sundays via social media. Please stay tuned for updates. I expect they will come regularly.
Here are some options for Worship and feeding your spiritual life during this time:
Those who are not on the internet, ask a family member to help you. Stay tuned to your email/Facebook/Website for additional options as we identify and implement them.
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/stpaulsandusky/ (We will go live each Sunday morning at 9:00 am with a message/devotion/music.) Also, we will post prayers, devotions, and/or sermons for viewing at your convenience.
- Website: We will also post the service/sermons/inspirational thoughts/prayers to our website: http://www.stpaulsandusky.org/.
- Radio: You may listen at 10:00 am to a sermon each week at 1450 AM (WLEC) on your radio dial.
- We hope to create a You Tube page where will also be able to access sermon/devotions/prayers (we’ll let you know via email/Facebook/Website when this is active.
For now, stop and pray for one another in this difficult time. Thank God for all we have been given, it is MUCH! Pick up the phone and check on someone. A simple “hello, I’ve been thinking of you” will go a long way. NOW is the time to be the church. Let’s show the world Who created us and model compassion, grace, mercy and love! God’s got us!!!!